Located on the south-western coast of India, Goa is the country’s smallest state by land area. However, it is visited by domestic as well as international tourists in large numbers owing to its sandy beaches, exciting nightlife, lush greenery, and historic structures. India’s National Commission on Population has ranked it the best state in terms of infrastructure and quality of life. Owing to its location in the beautiful mountain range of Western Ghats, it has been designated as a biodiversity hotspot. During your time spent in this Indian state, you’ll surely have some memorable experiences.
The best time to enjoy your Goa holidays is the winter season from mid-November to mid-February. During this time of the year, the climate is extremely pleasant with comfortable daytime temperatures that are ideal for having a wonderful time on beaches and indulging in some exciting outdoor activities. However, this is also a peak tourist season, which means that you’ll have to book your hotel stays several months in advance. Summer from March to May is extremely hot and humid in this part of India, but this season would fetch you some good deals on hotel accommodations. If you enjoy the rainy season, a holiday in this Indian state during the monsoons would also get you excellent discounts on hotel stays.
Among the places you can explore in this state of India during your holiday is Old Goa, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many cathedrals and churches constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries. Another interesting place worth visiting is Fontainhas. It is often described as the country’s only Latin neighbourhood and has some impressive Indo-Portuguese houses. Don’t forget to visit Palolem Beach located in the Canacona city of South Goa. It is considered one of the state’s prettiest beaches and is a favourite of backpackers.
Your holiday in this Indian state also allows you the opportunity to enjoy some thrilling activities outdoors. Kayaking is one such adventure you can try while visiting some of the beaches in this state, such as Candolim, Margao, Bambolim, and Calangute. When you move away from the beaches to the forests and villages, you’ll come across magnificent hills that are ideal for trekking. During the summer months of May and June, many individuals head to the Arambol village to enjoy surfing. If you are new to this activity, the surfing schools would provide some basic lessons and surfboards on rent.
While holidaying in this tiny Indian state, you’ll also get the chance to relish some of the popular Goan dishes. Among them is Goan Fish Curry, which is prepared using any of the locally available fish, such as pomfret or mackerel and served with steamed rice. You can also try Prawn Balchao, which is made with prawns and several other ingredients that are used mostly in pickles. It is eaten with bread or boiled rice. Chicken Xacuti, pronounced as ‘Chicken Shakuti’ is yet another popular Goan dish, prepared with chicken and the addition of various spices.